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Transporting unfinished paintings in oil

Transporting unfinished paintings in oil

Question by Dianne Bauer

I need to transport an unfinished work in oil that is still wet. How can this be accomplished with the least damage?

Answer by Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor

There are many various ways to protect wet oil paintings during transportation. Here are three widely used ones:

Double ended pin canvas separators

Double ended pin canvas separators

The easiest way is to use two same size canvases facing each other and place special separators in four corners. Canvas separators are double ended pins with a plastic cylinder in the middle. You can easily make such separators yourself using wine corks and needles.

canvas separator clips

Metal Separator Clips

These clips are very simple in design and easy in use. Such double-bulldog clips hold two same size canvases facing each other. Clips will leave some marks, but marks are minimal and easy to re-paint or cover with a frame.

The French Easel

Transporting unfinished paintings in oil

Another way to carry small-size canvases is to use the French Easel. Such easel firmly locks the canvas (wet side to the easel) in place. It works well if a painting is smaller than the easel, however, only one canvas can be fixed at a time. The easel clamps will leave marks where they touch the canvas.

Best regards,
Vladimir

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